Händel In Versailles
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Händel rarely composed for the church: the Dixit Dominus is a psalm written during his stay in Rome. The vocal picture created by the intense emotion of the sung words is highly striking, evoking the smallness of man facing the immensity of the universe… To reach the Almighty, Saint Cecil sings her prayers in the secret of her soul. Händel composed a tribute to her, an ode on a poem by John Dryden. The first words are: “From harmony, from heav’nly harmony, this universal frame began.” If harmony is the beginning, music is given as a precious tool.